Tex. Local Gov't Code Section 552.0025
Connection, Disconnection, and Liability for Municipal Utility Services


(a)

A municipality may not require a customer to pay for utility service previously furnished to another customer at the same service connection as a condition of connecting or continuing service.

(b)

A municipality may not require a customer’s utility bill to be guaranteed by a third party as a condition of connecting or continuing service.

(c)

A municipality may require varying utility deposits for customers as it deems appropriate in each case.

(d)

Except as provided in Subsections (e) and (f), a municipality may by ordinance impose a lien against an owner’s property, unless it is a homestead as protected by the Texas Constitution, for delinquent bills for municipal utility service to the property.

(e)

The municipality’s lien shall not apply to bills for service connected in a tenant’s name after notice by the property owner to the municipality that the property is rental property.

(f)

The municipality’s lien shall not apply to bills for service connected in a tenant’s name prior to the effective date of the ordinance imposing the lien. This subsection shall not apply to ordinances adopted prior to the effective date of this Act.

(g)

The municipality’s lien shall be perfected by recording in the real property records of the county where the property is located a notice of lien containing a legal description of the property and the utility’s account number for the delinquent charges. The municipality’s lien may include penalties, interest, and collection costs.

(h)

The municipality’s lien is inferior to a bona fide mortgage lien that is recorded before the recording of the municipality’s lien in the real property records of the county where the property is located. The municipality’s lien is superior to all other liens, including previously recorded judgment liens and any liens recorded after the municipality’s lien.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 304, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989.
Renumbered from Local Government Code, Section 402.0025 by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 885 (H.B. 2278), Sec. 3.76(a)(2), eff. April 1, 2009.

Source: Section 552.0025 — Connection, Disconnection, and Liability for Municipal Utility Services, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.­552.­htm#552.­0025 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

552.001
Municipal Utility Systems
552.002
Certain Public Services and Utility Systems in Home-rule Municipality
552.003
Acquisition of Existing Public Utility
552.011
Use of Eminent Domain Power
552.012
Municipalities in or Contracting with a Water District
552.014
Contracts with Water Districts or Nonprofit Corporations
552.015
Water Supply in Type a General-law Municipality
552.016
Sale or Lease of Water System by Type a General-law Municipality
552.017
Water Systems in Home-rule Municipalities
552.018
Municipal Contract with Private Entity
552.019
Contract with Water Improvement District or Water Control and Improvement District
552.020
Contract with Water District
552.022
Contracts with Certain Special Districts
552.023
Contract Between Municipality and Trinity River Authority
552.024
Municipal Contract for Reclaimed Water Facility in Certain Municipalities
552.0025
Connection, Disconnection, and Liability for Municipal Utility Services
552.041
Short Title
552.042
Legislative Finding
552.043
Application of Subchapter to Municipalities
552.044
Definitions
552.045
Adoption of System
552.046
Incorporation of Existing Facilities
552.047
Drainage Charges
552.048
Billings
552.049
Segregation of Income
552.050
Delinquent Charges
552.051
Drainage Revenue Bonds
552.052
Discontinuation of Drainage System
552.053
Exemptions
552.054
Effect of Subchapter
552.061
Application of Subchapter to Certain Municipalities
552.062
Definitions
552.063
Municipal Authority
552.064
Declaration
552.065
Assessment Provisions
552.066
Apportionment of Assessments
552.067
Notice of Proposed Improvements
552.068
Exemptions
552.069
Notice and Hearing Requirements
552.070
Change
552.071
Corrections
552.072
Joint Proceedings
552.073
Restrictions in Certain Counties
552.074
Authorized Investment
552.075
Home-rule Municipality
552.091
Application of Subchapter to Certain Municipalities
552.092
Construction of Sanitary Sewers
552.101
Municipal Water Contracts
552.102
Eminent Domain by Municipal Sewer Providers
552.103
Rights of Water Corporation Providing Service to Municipality
552.104
Location of Water Lines Outside Municipal Boundaries
552.105
Relocation of Water Line to Allow Change to Traffic Lane
552.121
Applicability of Subchapter
552.122
Transfer of Management and Control of Electric Utility System
552.123
Authority of Board of Trustees
552.124
Effect of Previously Issued Bonds
552.141
Applicability of Subchapter
552.142
Transfer of Management and Control of Utility System
552.0205
Revenue Bonds to Pay for District Services Under Contract
552.0451
Extension of Service Area by Certain Municipalities
552.901
Relocation or Replacement of Water or Sewer Laterals
552.902
Operation of Certain Electric Light and Power Systems by Home-rule Municipalities
552.903
Agreement with Conservation and Reclamation District
552.904
Lease of Natural Gas Distribution System by Certain Municipalities
552.905
Operation of Cable Tv Systems by General-law Municipalities
552.906
Municipal Utility Plants
552.907
Construction of Water or Wastewater Improvements to Preserve Water Quality Aquifer
552.909
Prohibited Employment of or Contracting with Former Trustee or Board Member
552.910
Agreements with Other Political Subdivisions for Collection of Past Due Utility or Solid Waste Disposal Service Fees
552.911
Duties of Water Service Provider to an Area Served by Sewer Service of Certain Political Subdivisions
552.912
Certain Damages Caused by Sewage Backup
552.913
Combined Heating and Power Systems in Certain Municipalities
552.914
Utility Contracts for Certain Municipalities
552.915
Records of Municipally Owned Electric Utility Providing Broadband Services

Accessed:
Jun. 5, 2024

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